Daniel Patrick Macnee
(6th February 1922 – 25 th June 2015)
Daniel Patrick Macnee died a natural death at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93, with his family at his bedside, according to his son, Rupert.
Macnee was best known for playing the internationally recognized, charmingly elegant, quintessentially English, and slightly mysterious character of John Steed in the 1960s’ British television series, The Avengers. Patrick Macnee, along with co-stars Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, Joanna Lumley, and Gareth Hunt, created a unique identity that has reverberated for nearly half a century. The pioneering television series aired throughout the 1960s, and The Avengers became known for its progressive approach to feminism, the female stars being more than a match for Steed…and a plethora of “diabolical master minds.” The programme was also known for its creative team’s interest in stories about cutting-edge technology,
The Avengers was one of the biggest influences of my TV life.
Nothing since has even come close to the genius of that series. It was lightning in a bottle that capture the right cast, writers, directors, producers, and musician at the right time.
The suave and debonair John Steed still stands as one of a kind.
If you’ve never seen the original The Avengers TV series, you’ve been missing out. Correct that.
He did marvelous work and will be missed.
Rest in pace.